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Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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North Alaska Retrieval Kayak
University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, UM N/N  (see Lines drawing in PDF)
North Alaska Retrieval Kayak  
Photo by William Bacon, Jr..
  • Length - 9' 6.8"
  • Beam - 23.2"
  • Depth to Sheer - 7.6"
  • Weight - 25 lbs.
  • Loaded kayak stable to 37 degrees

This short, wide kayak was named qayapauraq, little kayak, or qayapaq, fat kayak. It was developed as a retrieval kayak after rifles replaced harpoons. Seals or other sea mammals could be shot from the floe edge. The kayak was then quickly launched and the animal retrieved. The kayak is designed to be carried
easily on a sled and can hold a fair load. It is light-weight and reasonably stable. It might make a good car-top craft for exploring small waterways.

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